Steppin’ Up – Live Studio Mix – September 2011

I’ve been hard at work in the studio the last few weeks. Putting finishing touches on upcoming releases for Proper Trax and Woods N Bass, along with rotating through a load of other projects. Sometimes I need a break though, so I spent a few days compiling, setting up, and editing this special 2-hour, 38 track, live Ableton set in the studio. I’ve been feeling the itch to present something a little different, in the hopes of broadening listeners’ horizons, and my own. There’s been slew of quality, genre-bending electronic music hitting the street over the last year or so, and I found it about time to create a mix touching on some of it–along with a healthy dose of techno and my own originals.

I created this mix with Ableton Live. I compiled and warped a large pool of tracks, loops, and tools, set up the MIDI interface, and ran through it live. Afterward, I spent some time editing things up a bit, to give it a nice “polish,” while still preserving the seat-of-the-pants live composition of the set. It’s not my first time doing this, but it’s rare that I nail it this well. Hopefully, with a little more organization and perhaps a more robust controller, I can take the process fully-live for some special gigs (no, I’m not ditching the vinyl or CDs…there’s no substitute for the versatility and “feeling” you get with a pair of decks…not to mention, the reliability). There’s a number of surprise techniques, nothing too fancy, but it makes for interesting listening over the typical DJ mix.

It consists of 38 tracks, spanning the sounds of techno, house, dubstep, proper electro, juke/footwork, and some downtempo breakbeat jams. Some are vinyl rips from my collection, others are digital purchases, and others are either upcoming or unreleased original productions of mine (and Piltdown Sound — hitting Proper Trax’s second release soon). It’s a little over two hours long, so don’t expect to burn it as an audio CD without spanning or burning as an MP3. The tracklisting, with all the labels I could remember off-hand, just below:

1. Dadub – Biopoiesis [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
2. Will Azada – Clownin’ [Unreleased]
3. Objekt – CLK Recovery [Objekt]
4. Will Azada – Drunk Sequence [Unreleased]
5. Sigha – HF029A2 [Hotflush]
6. Vril – UV [Ostgut Ton]
7. Phase – Further Trials
8. FBK – Fears of a Madman [Unreleased]
9. Metope – Kobox (Sleeparchive Remix)
10. Objekt – Tinderbox [Objekt]
11. Pinch – Attack of the Giant Robot Spiders
12. Unknown – Sicko Cell (Azada Loop-Up) [Swamp81]
13. Instra:Mental – User [Nonplus]
14. Addison Groove – Its Got Me [Swamp81]
15. Peverelist – Infinity [Punch Drunk]
16. Will Azada – Deep Juke [Unreleased]
17. DJ Rashad – Took It Doggy Style
18. DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad – Space Juke
19. DJ Spinn – LOL
20. Will Azada – We Rave It [Unreleased]
21. Will Azada – Reduction [Unreleased]
22. Piltdown Sound – Bom [Proper Trax]
23. Marcel Fengler – Thwack (Norman Nodge Remix)
24. Rod – Malmok One [Klockworks]
25. Substance & Vanqueur – Immersion (Sleeparchive Remix)
26. Ozka – Phantomz (Aubrey Remix) [Mowar]
27. Coefficient – Scale Invariant Spectrum
28. Par Grindvik – Sinister (S100 Remix)
29. Will Azada – Let’s Get Tight [Proper Trax]
30. WK7 – Higher Power (Hardcore PCK Mix) [Powerhouse]
31. Arkist – Fill My Coffee [Hessle]
32. A Made Up Sound – Demons (Reprise) [A Made Up Sound]
33. Lusine – Rubberband
34. Luke Vibert – I Love Acid [Warp]
35. Luke Vibert – Asheed [Warp]
36. Boddika – Syn Chron [Nonplus]
37. Levon Vincent – These Games [Novel Sound]
38. Unknown – A1 – Disco 005 [Analogue Solutions]

Download the mix: Steppin’ Up – A Live Studio Mix by Will Azada – September 2011

Proper Trax Podcast 002 – Live Mix @ Don’t Techno For An Answer – August 2011

DTFAA for August went well. Thanks to all that came out and supported the night. Had a blast opening up for Alex Falk, Klaws, and Konstantin. We all had some excellent sounds mixes that I’m currently editing out of two big WAVs. First up is my own, which I’ve decided to also use as the newest Proper Trax podcast, featuring three upcoming PT cuts (in addition to a whole host of awesome tracks). Starting 2012, DTFAA will be happening every third Saturday of the month, but until then, check it out in Knoxville, at Longbranch Saloon, on September 17.

This mix is a direct download, but will be available to stream/download at the Proper Trax Soundcloud shortly.

Download Will Azada – DTFAA August 2011 – Proper Trax Podcast 002 (right-click, save as for those who have Quicktime set up).

106 minutes, VBR mp3
Tracklisting:
1. Dadub – Biopoiesis [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
2. Dadub – Amnion [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
3. Sigha – HF029B1 [Hotflush]
4. SP-X – Internalize [Komisch]
5. Ozka – Phantomz [Mowar]
6. Mike Parker – Protolanguage
7. Mr. G – Sunday Blues (Kasper Remix) [Bass Culture]
8. Jeroen Search – Resonance 1 [Newrhythmic Digital]
9. Mr. G – U Askin’? (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [Rekids]
10. 19.454.18.5.25.5.18 – When I Think Of… [Horizontal Ground]
11. Will Azada – Sludge Funk [forthcoming]
12. Skudge – Void [Echochord]
13. Jared Wilson – Let Your Body, Make Your Body (Conforce Dusk Till Dawn Mix) [Dolly]
14. Vril – UV [Ostgut Ton]
15. Rivet – Inside Looking Out [Naked Lunch]
16. Levon Vincent – Solemn Days [Deconstruct]
17. Redshape – Future Shock
18. Alex Falk – Untitled (Proper 002) [Proper Trax, forthcoming]
19. Unknown Artist – DISCO 004 B1 [Analogue Solutions]
20. Rod – Malmok One [Klockworks]
21. Will Azada – Drunk Sequence (Proper 002) [Proper Trax, forthcoming]
22. Peter Van Hoesen – Axis Mundi [Ostgut Ton]
23. Tyree – Nuthin’ Wrong [Mojuba]
24. Will Azada – Let’s Get Tight (Proper 002) [Proper Trax, forthcoming]
25. Jared Wilson – Detroit Tracks 7.5 [Dolly]
26. Levon Vincent – Man Or Mistress [Novel Sound]

Mid-year checkup…chart action, new soundcloud, other stuff..

Hey folks,

It’s been a little over a month since the last site update. I’m bad like that. Too many toes in too many cakes or something. Anyway, a few “status updates.”

Detroit and DEMF were great this year. The Bang Tech 12 party went pretty well, although I had some unfortunate cartridge/tonearm issues and poor sound in my room, which made my set less than optimal this time around. But its always fun to perform in that city…lots of real heads that have open minds. Also sold some records for PROPER TRAX, and got them into the hands of some of my personal production and DJ heroes. No name dropping here, but it was pretty fucking awesome and primo timing.

Highlights include:

Bang Tech 12 15 Anniversary party

Arthur Oskan live set the Beretta showcase. Akufen was solid, too…but I was hoping for more of his micro/chopped sound, not so much deep, soul house.

Marcel Dettmann & Radio Slave B2B at the CLR event. Really powerful mix that went all over the place with house, tech-house, techno, dubstep, and even some classic electro cuts like “Numbers.” This was the shit, needless to say, and while Collabs was solid and big, Dettmann and Edwards were just plain fun and grimy.

Maetrik put on a really good set at the Works on Sunday night, but the rest of that show was “meh” at best. As I reconfirm every year, yet always end up getting dragged anyway, the Works blows. Fuck that place.

Shit Show 2 with the Gary Springs Hunting Club was intense. One of the nuttiest and most “free” parties I’ve attended. Will do again :) Petting zoos. TV Bar is one of the BEST on the other hand.

DEMF DJs who hit me with damn good jams and skills and best left an imprint in my head over a month later: Ryan Elliot, Steve Rachmad, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Detroit Techno Militia 5×5, Claude Young, Kerri Chandler, Aril Brikha, Metro Area. Admittedly, I missed a lot more of the festival and some of the performances that I wanted to catch this year. Stayed pretty busy at the off-site parties this year and tended to get what little rest I had in the early afternoon. Sven Vath was definitely a performance, but I had to catch Klock and Dettmann moreso. Really wanted to give Beardyman a shot, but couldn’t get space. Missed Ramadanman, most of District 909 (but the little I heard was excellent), Reference, and a lot of others. Disappointments include Villalobos (zzz trax, endless socializing, floppy subs, even let a record play out completely while he was chatting it up…), Adam Beyer (Beatport guido douche tech-house, definitely “played to the crowd” which was pretty gelled up at that stage this year…he’s killed the last two times I’ve heard him), and Fatboy Slim ruining every stage but the underground with his electro rave, 150db schlock that seemed to permeate the entirety of Hart Plaza.

I’m forgetting some stuff, as I don’t want to write a novel. Overall, this was the best year out of four for me. I got a lot out of it, met a ton of new people, heard some awesome music, partied like it was 2099, and got promo Proper Trax into some really good hands both famous and notsomuch.

I also wanted to give a shout out to FBK and Chris Mitchell, whom I both met in person while out there. Been talking to them online before, but it was really good to share some time talking. These guys are up and coming, doing some really amazing work. Check out their music.

Oh, and I totally lost my voice by Monday morning. Literally couldn’t talk. Too much chat, smokes, yelling, and all that good stuff I assume :) I think something was telling me “shut the fuck up for a minute, Will.”

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Next up, Split Personalities EP on Proper Trax has done well in its first month. Copies are selling steadily, especially considering my promo is basically no promo. Hand out a few to some DJs, hit up a few boards, and rinse the music. Couple highlights: DJ Psycho of Detroit Techno Militia played The Funnel’s “Bake Sale” at DEMF. And legendary Berlin record shop Hardwax sold out of all its copies. If things continue to go this way, we should be out of stock within a month or two. So get a copy if you haven’t already.

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Currently, I’m working hard on a lot of new material. I throw some teases and preliminary progress on my Soundcloud page, although most of what is up there are older revisions. For a change of pace, I’ve also done a couple remix/edits of classic dance tracks including a remix of Chic’s “I Want Your Love” and Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen.” These are a little outside my normal realm of production, but they have done an excellent job of making dancefloors jump. As usual, although I don’t typically share my material freely online, all you gotta do is ask…hit me or the label up : will.azada @ gmail.com or proper @ propertrax.com – I’m always looking to connect you!

Also, Grey People drove from Nashville to join me in the studio for a weekend in June. One of the best studio sessions I’ve had ever. We collaborate well, and accomplished a lot. Look out for what we’ve got in store in the next few months. Expect a teaser soon. Oh, and here’s a free Proper Trax promo mix we did while he was over. Tag-team, grab-bag vinyl set using my records. It’s a little drifty at times, since we just busted it out spur of the moment, but it holds up nicely, and really is a lot of fun and representative of what’s in my vinyl crate at the moment. For July, we’ll be using his records.

He ended up leaving with my Juno 106. It just didn’t see the use I wanted to give it. Large synths just don’t fit my workflow…I’m a desktop jockey, what can I say? Love my MFB-522 and FRXS because they sit in front of my lazy ass. Guess I’ll have to find a nice desktop analog poly to replace it. Have to say, he started busting out some choice material a few days later, and I’m a little “gaaaaaaah, why did I not keep it?” haha, glad its in good hands and being used more though! Best to keep it in the “family” so to speak.

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Gigs have been steady, can’t say I’ve been wanting really. As far as Knoxville goes, at least. The Headroom crew and I have been throwing some good events and I’m really looking forward to the DTFAA Reunion show this Saturday (July 9). The first one was huge, and I kind of regret not keeping it going through last year and before now, but Headroom itself got to be a lot for us to handle and it sort of replaced DTFAA as an event. But this one is looking like its going to be thick, with a lot of RSVPs coming through so far for a small spot like Longbranch. Other than that, lots of daytime and outdoor stuff, an insanely destructive slum house party, and I’m happy to be a part of the new One More Chance… Sunday weekly at Sapphire with homeboy Mark B, which is a spot where I can go a little funky, fun, and deep. Too often I feel obligated to bang out techno and more jacking house in this town, to appeal to the sensibilities of the “bang it out, melt my face” contingent, but more “pure” house is where my heart is a lot of days.

Beyond that, bookings past July at Aug. 20′s DTFAA, and TOUCH Samadhi’s Equinox festival in Asheville on September 23-24. I’m usually game to get out of town and perform, if interested in booking, you know where to go: will.azada @ gmail.com

T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi Equinox 2011

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Finally, charts, charts, charts:

Resident Adviser June 2011 General Chart

Juno July 2011 Vinyl Chart

Saturday Jam Sessions – 6+ hour mix in three parts! Part 1!

Last weekend I went a little crazy at the house. My friend and DJ extraordinaire, Greg Alan, was at the house with me on Saturday morning and feeling kinda bored. So what did we do? We decided we’d mix for 16 hours straight. Why? Well, why not? We ended up pulling it off, switching off the decks after 2-3 hour mix sessions and moving the vibe progressively from house to techno. Well, I ended up with about 6.5 hours worth of solid mixing and tracks, and it’s time to share it everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to mix for hours at a time, so it’s been a pretty refreshing session, plus a good time to go through a lot of music I either hadn’t heard in awhile, or hadn’t played in a mix ever. Unfortunately, I have not had the time to go through the mixes and pick out the tracks for a proper tracklisting, but I should get a chance soon, so keep your eyes peeled if there is some stuff you’re interested in. There are a few parts where the mixes “fade” into the next, because Greg was getting on the decks and going a different place. I’ll also have his mixes to post up later.

Without further ado, here’s Part 1 of the Six Hour Saturday Jam Session.

Download Will Azada’s Saturday Jam Session – Part 1

The other parts will come within the week.

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